Power Failure: American Policy in the Caspian

Whereas in Central Europe Washington barely acknowledges Russian sensibilities, in Central Asia and the Caucasus it indulges them to excess.

Issue: Spring 1997

A cardinal principle of U.S. policy since the collapse of the Soviet
Union has been to foster the independence of the new states
established on former Soviet territory. In Central Europe, U.S.
policy goes further: In order to protect the sovereignty of Poland,
Hungary, and the Czech Republic, the United States has championed the
eastward expansion of NATO, in effect transforming what had been a
Russian glacis against the West into a European glacis against
Russia. Despite strong Russian objections, the U.S. government is
pressing ahead with this.

You must be a subscriber of The National Interest to access this article. If you are already a subscriber, please activate your online access. Not a subscriber? Become a subscriber today!